Tuesday, October 26, 2010

With color and without!

Again a sneak peek in my sketchbook for the my ever so curious readers!

1. This is one of my favorites in today's post! I am planing to redo this one with color ( the new Copic markers, hint, hint ;-) because I think then it will show the true beauty of it! The idea of making it whit pastel tones ( just to a hint of color) and bold gray is very, very appealing indeed!

Sketches and drawings Sept 20100045

2. Sometimes the magic just doesn't work the first time but I don't always come back to sketches that don't work for me, this is one of the rare cases. I think the idea was in my head the whole time and probably it was me who wasn't ready to finish it, who knows...But now I like it much, much better!

Sketches and drawings Sept 20100046

3. This is my first drawing with the Prismacolor brush markers and I made it like what....3 months ago already?Gosh, I can't believe it took me so long to publish it! :-) Isn't there something Dr.Seussian in it? What do you think?
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100035

4. This one I really, really like! The while idea with the eyes, and the trees, the connection, the roots and the guy that's hidden there...it just works for me.

Sketches and drawings Sept 20100022

5. This one is very tricky! Does the " planet" thingy try to get away from the small one on the left or is it trying to pull closer? Are they racing, or maybe playing hide and seek?

Sketches and drawings Sept 20100023

6.This one holds a lot of emotion and movement for me! Not only because of the "wind", but take a look at it! it's a landscape...and then it isn't. There is something very sad about it...

Sketches and drawings Sept 20100021

7. This one has a very funny story! At first I started drawing it vertical, then I moved on to finish it horizontal. I like it this way much better! I think I'm getting attached to the idea of drawing outlandish landscapes. True, it doesn't work every time, but sometimes it does and these are the times that count. :-)

Sketches and drawings Sept 20100019

I'll be happy to hear your comments and thoughts! 
How do these make you feel, what do you think when you are looking at them etc.


Friday, October 22, 2010

Some September sketches!

It's been a while since I showed you the inside of my sketchbook, so here it is again, take a peek! :-)
Again with the number 13, I really can't explain it, I'm sorry! It's definitely subconscious, so I won't even try.

 1. I had to practice making freehand circles, so there you go...Circles.
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100024

2. I have been planing to do that in color, maybe now that I got the Copics I can finally get to it:
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100026

3. Now this one looks much better in person! The last couple of times taking pictures of the sketches didn't go so well for some reason...
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100027

4. I really like this one! I mean...what it looks like in my head I mean. I really hope I can finish it and it won't stay just a simple sketch because in my head it looked great! ;-)
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100028

5. This one I drew while talking on the phone. I don't remember who it was with, but it took a loooong time...Probably I was on hold with the insurance or something..:-)
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100032

6. Yeah...you all see what this guy represents, so need to talk about him.
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100033

7. Have been working on some perspective issues( remember I don't use rulers, so that's actually  pretty tough for an amateur like me)
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100037

8. More perspective
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100038

9. And some crazy perspective stairs
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100039

10. This one I drew when I was mad, and by the time I was finished I calmed down completely! Nice, huh? :-)
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100041

11. Aaaah, the Baba Yaga-Chicken-Piano-Fingers thing..( as my daughter says) :-)
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100043

12. The eyes of the Blossom LoL
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100044

13. Tango
Sketches and drawings Sept 20100045

Let me know that you think!


Tuesday, October 19, 2010

In need of a title! ( and Copic's)

I usually am very good at thinking of titles for my work, but this one really puzzled me!
It's drawn on a card again, similar to what I did for my husband's birthday. I drew it using the Prismacolor brush tip markers that I've been posting about.

Sketches and drawings Sept 20100002

This one really, really touches me! I would change the colors of course, I have only basic colors with the Prismacolor markers, but guess what! I'M GETTING MY FIRST COPIC's TODAY!!!!
I'm so excited I've been waiting for the mail at the door for the past couple of hours. Of course, I'm sure the moment I stop waiting they'll arrive, but that's OK. I'll have the whole evening to try all the magic they can do!

So, what do you think about this one? What colors do you think I should use? Maybe make it a little bit bigger?


Tuesday, October 12, 2010

When you have the best teacher what do you do?

"....When you have the best teacher what do you do?
You make her a present and give her a big hug too!..."

It became somewhat a tradition for us to give my son's teachers a wooden pyrographed box with their name ( full of glue sticks ) on the first day of school. I haven't pyrographed anything in almost 3 months and this was a nice little project for me. Anyway, it was done the 1st day of school, but I managed to publish it today, so enjoy!
Here is this year's box, for the amazing Mrs. Harper!

Mrs Harper box0001

Let's hope my son and his teacher both have a great year ahead of them!


Wednesday, October 6, 2010


My best friend had her birthday at the beginning of September ( just like me!) and here is what I made her for her birthday:

A basket of flowers that I arranged for her

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A book that I got her ( I wrapped it in pink tissue paper then with transparent paper on top and I added some perfumed punched out flower confetti in between). The finishing touch was a green ribbon. 
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Last but not least was her B-day card, the theme again was pink and green

Rose's present20100001

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And this was the poem I wrote for her on the card:

by Annie Kochneva

If a faithful friend is medicine
I'm always going to be healthy.
If a true friend is bread
I'm never going to starve.
If a trustful friend is water
I'm never going to go thirsty.
If a loving friend is always there
I'll never know loneliness.

But if my friend is all of these,
I'll will know true happiness.

Friday, October 1, 2010

A card? A painting? A carpainting?

This is my first try to work with the Prismacolor markers, it's been waiting to be published 2 months already, so I thought it is time.
This card was made without a previous sketch. Whatever I drew, it just came to me that way while I was working. The card was present for my husband's birthday.

For Alex0001



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